Scaling and Root Planing

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Tooth Loss Risk Increases With Pocket Depth

Scaling and root planing treatment is most effective in the early stages of gum disease and can help to reduce periodontal pocket depths up to two or three millimeters on average.

Scaling and Root Planing in McAllen, TX

Periodontal disease occurs as a result of certain types of oral bacteria that release toxins which destroy bone and gum tissue. Although there is no cure, early gum disease treatment can prevent further damage to these areas. Patients suffering from gum disease are encouraged to contact Dr. John Tan for more information about scaling and root planing in McAllen, TX as soon as possible.


What is scaling and root planing?

When plaque is not properly removed from the teeth, it hardens into a substance known as calculus, or tartar. When calculus deposits form below the gum line, the gum tissue will start to pull away from the teeth and create a pocketing effect. Scaling and root planing is a type of gum disease treatment that removes these deposits and encourages tissue to reattach to the teeth.


How does it work?

Scaling and root planing involves using special hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to remove deposits of plaque and calculus from below the gum line. Once the periodontal pockets have been cleaned out, the root surfaces of the teeth are smoothed to eliminate roughness. The goal of this gum disease treatment is to encourage the gum tissue to reattach itself to the teeth.

After the procedure, patients will need to maintain a high level of oral health to prevent the infection from returning. This means brushing and flossing properly every day to keep the mouth free of plaque, bacteria, and food debris. Periodontal maintenance cleanings will be recommended, usually on a three to four month schedule, to maintain the gum tissues and prevent recurrence of active infection. It is also recommended that patients stay away from tobacco products, as this is a secondary risk factor for periodontal disease.


Am I a candidate?

Scaling and root planing is best used on patients in relatively good health who have not undergone any recent major surgeries. Patients in need of gum disease treatment can contact Dr. Tan to learn more about scaling and root planing in McAllen, TX today!